If you open a thesaurus and search for the word "Title," you might see the name Fairfield listed as a synonym. After all, the Eagles girls basketball team has been to the state title game eight out of the last nine years.
"It's crazy to think about that number and talk about it now. They understand the preparation that it takes to win every night," said Head Coach Dustin Gordon.
And Fairfield does win just about every night. At one point the program rattled off 120 straight wins. The team also doesn't just make it to the title game. They win it; six out of the last nine times. This year's Eagles are poised to win it all again.
"When you have two kids who have signed to play at the next level obviously the bar is set high," Gordon said.
Seniors Natalie Klinker, who committed to ball at Idaho next season, and Allix Goldhahn, an MSU-Northern commit, lead this year's squad. But both players admit wins won't come easy.
"Our conference is going to be tough so it'll be nice to have good competition throughout the season," Klinker said.
"We just gotta work hard in practice and hope for the best outcome of all the games," added Goldhahn.
The Eagles also understand they can't win big games without each other. And it's that infectious closeness and unselfishness that has aided their success in the past.
"We're closer than we have been in past years. We all really jive together," added guard Logan Kolste.
"They don't look at the score book. They don't care about that part of it. They just care about a checkmark in the right column," added Gordon.
The Eagles want nothing more than to continue their winning tradition and see a checkmark in the win column at the end of state tournament.
"I think we have a pretty good chance," said Kolste.